I know similar things have been asked before but the responses there do not seem to work for me so I wanna give this another try. I like editing code in vim in a terminal. I set the screen transparent black. I would love to have a similar set-up in Mathematica. I know how to make the screen black but I do not seem to achieve making it transparent. So, can I make a notebook look black and transparent?

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    $\begingroup$ Is this what you want? mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/252/… $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Sep 16, 2019 at 9:19
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    $\begingroup$ Based on the use of the word "vim", I'm assuming that this is on Linux. In which case, WindowOpacity will have no effect. $\endgroup$
    – ihojnicki
    Sep 16, 2019 at 12:30
  • $\begingroup$ @Kuba I have tried this and my computer freezes $\endgroup$ Sep 17, 2019 at 9:32
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    $\begingroup$ @ihojnicki it is indeed in Linux $\endgroup$ Sep 17, 2019 at 9:32
  • $\begingroup$ I share frustration of yours... why is the culture so different among mathematica users? $\endgroup$
    – Student
    Jul 7, 2020 at 15:14

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I'm not sure that you can do it natively, but you can try programs like this one: windowtop.

In alternative you can use Mathematica in a terminal, for example, in cmd:

"C:\Program Files\Wolfram Research\Mathematica\12.0\math.exe"

In Powershell

& "C:\Program Files\Wolfram Research\Mathematica\12.0\math.exe"

You cannot see any graphics this way, though...


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